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message 1: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Oooh! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this book! I've seen the movie, but I've never been able to check out the book!


message 2: by Minty (new)

Minty McBunny One of my all time favorites (and the movie can not compare).

I'd also highly recommend his other 'talking animal' book The Plague Dogs.


message 3: by Book Bunny (new)

Book Bunny I really enjoyed this one too :)


message 4: by Henry (new)

Henry Avila Great and unique book,Nataliya.I see why it is a classic,when I read it...


[Name Redacted] This novel always reminds me of the classic DeForest Kelley vehicle "Night of the Lepus." Together they introduced me to the idea that rabbits can be savage.


message 6: by Ivonne (new)

Ivonne Rovira My favorite rabbit was Fiver. Who wouldn't want visions?


message 7: by Kerry (last edited Feb 09, 2014 06:32AM) (new)

Kerry My step-father, a serious and practical man not inclined to any non-sense or frivolity, loved this book. The only book he ever recommended to me.


message 8: by Katie (new)

Katie This is such a lovely book (and great review!). I like how much emphasis Watership Down places on the value of telling stories.


message 9: by Rogier (new)

Rogier I've never read the novel or seen the movie . Yes I know I shoulda .tnx 4 the review


message 10: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Katie wrote: "This is such a lovely book (and great review!). I like how much emphasis Watership Down places on the value of telling stories."

It really does capture the special part oral folklore has had in any culture in our world, doesn't it?

Ivonne wrote: "My favorite rabbit was Fiver. Who wouldn't want visions?"

I wouldn't! I don't think I'd have the mental capacity to deal with those (and they were extremely disturbing to Fiver, poor thing). It takes a special person to be able to carry such a burden. I'm a simpler creature, like Bigwig, even though I wish my brains worked like those of Blackberry.


message 11: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich YES! I totally watched this again the other day and it was even better than remembered. I should read it now. Absolutely fantastic review!


message 12: by Christina (new)

Christina Yes! This book blew me away. When I finished, I felt exhausted, body and mind, like I'd really gone on the journey with Hazel and the others.


Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ I read this in tenth grade English and remember not liking it at all. I think my pretentious 16 year old self failed to see the point and felt a book about bunnies was beneath her. I definitely think a re-read is very much needed. This was a great review!


message 14: by Forrest (new)

Forrest I knew I had succeeded as a parent when my oldest son said, as an 18 year old, "Everything I know about bunnies, I learned from Watership Down". Winwinwinwinwinwin!!!!


message 15: by Teresa (last edited Feb 10, 2014 12:05PM) (new)

Teresa Thanks for allowing me to revisit this novel, Nataliya, which I remember I didn't want to end.


message 16: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Thanks, everyone!


message 17: by Arielle (new)

Arielle Walker I came across this book when I was far too young to understand it at all, and have been meaning to reattempt it ever since - you've convinced me sooner is better than later! Great review.


message 18: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Arielle wrote: "I came across this book when I was far too young to understand it at all, and have been meaning to reattempt it ever since - you've convinced me sooner is better than later! Great review."

Oh, I do hope you give it another chance!


message 19: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Awesome review Nataliya!!! I've seen the movie before and I really enjoyed it! I really need to go out and read the book!


message 20: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I own this book, and I have literally been meaning to read it for years. It sounds reallygood, I should probably get on that soon... haha.


Michelle (Crazy Cat Lady) Great review, couldn't have said it better :)


message 22: by Metaphorosis (last edited Feb 14, 2014 04:49AM) (new)

Metaphorosis Good review, and thanks for the reminder to reread this great book. I haven't read it for decades, but all the characters came quickly back to life as I read the review.

As another commenter suggested, I also heartily recommend The Plague Dogs. And, as a matter of fact, his other books.


message 23: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya B. wrote: "Good review, and thanks for the reminder to reread this great book. I haven't read it for decades, but all the characters came quickly back to life as I read the review.

As another commenter suggested, I also heartily recommend The Plague Dogs. And, as a matter of fact, his other books."


Matter settled, then. Off to look for 'The Plague Dogs'. Even though after just finishing Doomsday Book by Connie Willis I'm just a bit traumatized by the word 'plague'.


message 24: by Steve (new)

Steve Oh good -- another for my hypothetical granddaughter, too! I had no idea this was such a fascinating book before reading your excellent review, Nataliya.


message 25: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Steve wrote: "Oh good -- another for my hypothetical granddaughter, too! I had no idea this was such a fascinating book before reading your excellent review, Nataliya."

Hypothetical granddaughter! Maybe she and my future hypothetical daughter can be friends ;)
Thanks for the praise, Steve!


message 26: by Amber (new)

Amber I love your comments on Bigwig. I'm being honest with myself and you when I say I hated him in the beginning. After he promised to rescue Blackavar along with the does from Efrafa, I fell in love with him. I also remember crying out softly when he said his renowned quote about his Chief Rabbit. He was so brave, and I love how he grew from a mean, selfish bully to a kind-hearted, gallant warrior.


message 27: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Amber wrote: "I love your comments on Bigwig. I'm being honest with myself and you when I say I hated him in the beginning. After he promised to rescue Blackavar along with the does from Efrafa, I fell in love w..."

I actually adored Bigwig from his very first appearance, where he lets Hazel and Fiver into Threarah's burrow even though he has a feeling he will 'get his head torn off'. From the very beginning for me there was something lovely about his character - his willingness to listen and change instead of relying on his brute strength alone, his will to survive, his courage, even his bullyish brashness at times. He did what you'd expect a strong person used to a privileged status do - was a bit dismissive of the weaker ones, up but not maliciously but rather in a way I'd expect a rabbit to behave.

But his transformation once he joined the ragtag bunch, learned the dedication of friendship, risked his life a few times and came to realize his limitations and unexpected strengths of others was indeed amazing. That Chief Rabbit quote - it warmed my heart so much! His character growth was really well done.


message 28: by Amber (new)

Amber Indeed!


message 29: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas This book is embodiment of magic which makes one to crave for more...


message 30: by DeeRae (new)

DeeRae I didn't know there was a film!


message 31: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya DeeRae wrote: "I didn't know there was a film!"

There is - a late 70s animated film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078480/
It feels a bit surreal and creepy - definitely not something that would be thought to be acceptable to children in this day. Some bits of it are quite haunting, and it's great.


message 32: by Bookwyrm (new)

Bookwyrm Being deeply traumatised by Watership Down the film, alongside crying at ET and being terrified by Doctor Who is something of a rite of passage for people my age. It's a great adaptation, I only read the book as an adult and as much as I enjoyed it I think I prefer the film, it is the only instance of preferring the film I can think of.


message 33: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Plague Dogs has a film as well, DeeRae, made by the same people and equally great.


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